How To Plan Your Dream Wedding – Phase 2 – The Bride

Once you are through with taking all the major decisions about your wedding as mentioned in this post, it is time to get down to the details of planning your dream wedding. Indian wedding planning involves a lot of intricacies and one needs to be meticulous in order to ensure that the planning is thorough. In our post today, we take you through the second phase of Indian wedding planning, and our focus today is on the bride and her shopping!

Bridal Beauty and Fitness Regime

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For the bride to look ‘naturally beautiful’ on her wedding day, there is a lot of prepping and effort involved, at least 6 months prior to the wedding date. She needs to focus on her diet, beauty regime, fitness and hair so that they are all in ship shape on the D-day. We’ve done a detailed post with 6 bridal beauty secrets that will add a natural glow to your skin and bounce to your hair.

Makeup and Hairdo

Once your beauty regime is sorted, next on your Indian wedding planning list is to start scouting for a great makeup artist. If you have a trusted beautician that you frequent, then there is nothing like hiring her to do your wedding makeup. But if you don’t know one, then start asking friends for recommendations. You would need to schedule appointments with the bridal makeup artist for trials, try out a few of your favourite looks and hairstyles and zero in on an artist after you are convinced about her work.

Wedding Outfits Shopping

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Depending on the region you belong to, your wedding will comprise of various wedding ceremonies, each of which will need a special kind of outfit. Do read our post about the event wise wedding outfits for the bride to know about the various outfits you need to buy. Also set aside time to shop for your lingerie and outfits for your honeymoon for you certainly will not have time after the wedding to shop for these. You could also add a wardrobe overhaul to your Indian wedding planning checklist in case you are feeling adventurous, because after all, there is no better time than your wedding to give your wardrobe a whole new look.

Jewellery and Accessories Shopping

Once you are through with your bridal outfit shopping, the next item on your Indian wedding planning checklist is time to pick up your jewellery and accessories. In case you are renting your bridal jewellery, try various styles and book your set in advance so that it is available on your wedding date. For women buying jewellery, it is a more time consuming activity since you need to be totally convinced about the investment you are making. Shop around and explore various options before buying your jewellery. Also, pick versatile pieces that will match a variety of outfits rather than just a single one.

Also, in the midst of shopping for all the expensive items, don’t forget a few pair of shoes and some clutches. Your Indian wedding planning checklist must have a pair of flats, a pair of high strappy heels, a pair of Indian sandals with stones and of course travel friendly footwear for the honeymoon. Don’t forget to buy a nice studded clutch bag that can be paired with your wedding saree or lehenga – anything in red and gold is versatile.

Tailors/ Fashion Designers

Now that you have wrapped up most of your shopping, it is time to approach fashion designers or tailors for the much needed stitching and alterations. In case you are getting your entire trousseau custom-made, be ready to invest time into fittings, trial sessions and running after the designer to deliver your clothes.

Other Arrangements

Other important items on your Indian wedding planning checklist are your mehendi artists, the musicians for your sangeet ceremony and not to forget, accommodation for your friends. Make a note of all these small but important arrangements so that you don’t forget any of them.

It is important for the bride to remain happy and cheerful during the run up to the wedding. So plan ahead and make sure that you have all your bases covered. Do remember to relax and savour your wedding planning period because we really want you to have a stress-free wedding!

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